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Richard Davidson, founder of the UW’s Center for Healthy Minds, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has explored the neural bases of emotion, and interventions for promoting well-being, kindness, compassion and empathy.
UW-Madison’s Maggie Hawkins will be recognized as the Global Citizen of the Year by the United Nations Association of Dane County. The award cites her work connecting under-resourced, English-learning youth across the globe through digital technology.
Edward Van Gemert, vice provost for libraries and university librarian, will retire in May 2018. Next year he will mark 36 years of continuous employment with the General Library System. Van Gemert started as a student assistant in Memorial Library in 1971.
Tim Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, will serve as interim director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. WEI supports researchers with expertise in electricity systems, transportation and fuels, bio-based products, sustainability and the societal impacts of energy.
Carl Ross has been selected to serve as managing director of Waisman Biomanufacturing following more than a year as its interim director. Its mission is to help UW scientists and others translate scientific discoveries into early-stage clinical trials.
Stephen Meyn, professor of molecular genetics and pediatrics at the University of Toronto, will be the first director of the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. A new building will be constructed to house the center, which will employ more than 100.
Martha (Meg) Gaines has won the 2017 Ellen Stovall Award for Patient-Centered Cancer Care for championing individual patients’ rights through the Center for Patient Partnerships, which is transforming cancer care daily for scores of patients and families.
Bassam Shakhashiri is the recipient of the 2018 Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. He may be best known for his presentations — such as “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri” — that delight adults and children.
Katherine Vosters will become the UW’s new director of student-athlete recruitment. Vosters has spent eight years working with the UW men’s basketball team, serving as director of basketball operations for the last three seasons. She is a UW-Madison graduate.
From painting her hair pink to welcoming students to campus, dressing up as a wizard to strengthening inclusivity, Lori Berquam’s past 10 years as dean of students have been about making Madison a place for all students. She is proud to say the UW has “a big heart.”
After three years of helping UW inventors become entrepreneurs, John Biondi is leaving his position as director of Discovery to Product (D2P) on Aug. 31 to concentrate on his own business. With apple season right around the corner, he is sure to be busy.
Emeritus Professor Robert Hauser has been chosen as executive officer of the American Philosophical Society. Hauser led the landmark Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which has followed the Wisconsin high school class of 1957 to study the course of life and aging.
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston has been named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at UW-Whitewater. Charleston currently serves as assistant director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).
Professor and Associate Dean Carrie Sperling has received the 2017 Women in the Law award, presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The award is given annually to women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their careers and who have influenced other women to pursue legal careers.
Shawn T. Kelly has been chosen president-elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Kelly, who has a landscape architecture business in Williams Bay, has taught here for 21 years. He created and manages the UW-Madison Center for Sustainable Design.
Chemistry Professor Ned Sibert is one of 65 newly selected American Chemical Society fellows. Sibert is an expert in theoretical chemistry, which — unlike experimental chemistry — uses math and computational tools to study and make predictions about chemical systems and their properties.
Mike Peters has been named director of UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Station network. Peters majored in dairy science here, and was student manager of the Dairy Cattle Center — residing in the barn’s second-floor living quarters for three years.
The National Academy of Education announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25, and no institution is home to more winners this year than UW-Madison’s School of Education. Four faculty members will each receive $70,000.
Returning adults and other nontraditional students have broader access to UW–Madison today, thanks to the tireless work of Judith Strand. Following 40 years at three universities, Strand retired this month from her post as associate dean in the Division of Continuing Studies.